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05 September 2016

The LA Challenge Returns

On 24 November at Donington Race Track the first East Midlands LA Challenge event will take part. It is a team competition in which authorities across the region can pit their skills against each other for the chance to be crowned Best Team - experiencing the types of challenges currently facing the sector through a simulation exercise. This event is being run in regions around the county and EMC is host in the East Midlands and will facilitate the event in partnership with Breckland Training who designed the programme format.

Only 5 team places remain, contact Kirsty Lowe if you wish to secure one of these (

15 teams have registered to be part of our challenge event (4 authorities in Leicestershire, 4 in Nottinghamshire, 4 in Lincolnshire, 2 in Northamptonshire and 1 in Derbyshire).  To register your team visit here.


Organisations are being asked to field teams of six individuals who will spend the day acting as the Management team of a fictional local authority. They will encounter many of the challenges and issues faced by real corporate teams. It will not be for the faint hearted as it will require participants to think on their feet, work collaboratively, be ready for anything the challenge may throw at them, but it will be a fantastic learning experience, great fun and will really hone those all important leadership skills.Awards Dinner 2










There are 5 LA Challenge Award Categories up for grabs but only one team will be crowned overall LA Challenge Winners 2016 for the East Midlands.

  • Award for Media Interaction  
  • Award for Best Chief Executive – fictional role, relates to the individual that plays this role on the day
  • Award for Best Presentation
  • Award for Best Recovery Plan 
  • Overall Winner  

The challenge will offer a rare opportunity for aspiring managers across local government to gain exposure to issues outside of their normal working lives and give them a taste of what senior management is like. We are keen to attract teams from across the East Midlands to take part in this competition and fantastic learning opportunity. Teams on the day will battle it out for a range of awards, recognising the achievements on the day. Awards up for grabs are…

Working as a team of six people (from any area of local authority work), delegates will spend the day as the management team of a fictional local authority, encountering many of the tasks that a real corporate team would deal with.

They’ll have to work as a team, with neighbouring councils and with partner organisations to deliver a new strategy for the council. They’ll learn how to keep calm and focussed whilst choosing which areas to prioritise; dealing with politically sensitive issues and still keeping their focus on how to give the public the best services with limited budgets.

The event offers a unique, full-day, fully-interactive training experience which offers delegates the chance to:

  • gain a practical insight into how local authority management works
  • experience working under pressure with colleagues from your organisation
  • consider your organisation’s agenda for transformational change and discuss innovative ideas
  • develop new ways of working
  • pick up invaluable partnership and political communication skills

For more information on the LA Challenge visit here.Donington Park Race Track

The Venue

The Local Authority Challenge 2016 East Midlands will be held at the prestigious Donington Park in the Paddock Suite.

Our Partner 

The Local Authority Challenge 2016 East Midlands is supported by our sponsors arvato.

arvato is a trusted global business outsourcing provider to the public and private sectors in the UK and Ireland. arvato holds a number avartoof long-term, successful partnerships with local authorities across the UK including Chesterfield Borough Council, delivering a range of key services including revenues, benefits, customer services, human resources, payroll, ICT, accounts payable and invoice processing, ‘Security as a Service’ (SECaas) and administrative support services.

arvato strongly believes in collaborative working. In the East Midlands region this includes the Chesterfield OJEU framework which means that councils in the East Midlands region (including the Peak District National Park Authority) are able to access arvato’s services quickly, without having to go through a lengthy and costly procurement process. Derbyshire Dales District Council has joined and is already benefiting from the guaranteed annual savings, improved service resilience and increased management capacity that arvato can deliver.

Supporting local communities is also important to arvato; the company runs an apprenticeship programme, is a member of the Chamber of Commerce and supports Destination Chesterfield, The Prince’s Trust and Bluebell Wood charity.

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